By Jiuondgie Lyon

SAT Vocabulary 2020

This hot SAT words list is selected from mainstream English medium and based on popular topics of 2020, which is an express supplement to enhance SAT vocabulary skills. Each word has examples and contexts. It helps very much to master new words precisely.

Meanwhile, we include previous SAT vocabulary 2019-2018 in this page, and add more example sentences originated from classic books.

To meet with diverse requirements of SAT test-takers, we also recommend below 3 SAT lists to study on demand, which can sharpen your reading and writing vocabulary skill especially.



Recent Added SAT Words:
sedition Detail  
secession Detail  
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complacency Detail  
brace Detail  
grueling Detail  
phony Detail  
surreptitious Detail  
flout Detail  
stroll Detail  
bout   Speak
n. a short period of intense activity of a specified kind, outbreak
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brace   Speak
v. support an object in order to stop it from falling down
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comb   Speak
v. search carefully and systematically
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come under fire   Speak
v. be criticized, be attacked with guns
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complacency   Speak
n. a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements
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constituent   Speak
n. a member of an electoral district
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cracksman   Speak
n. a burglar, especially a safecracker
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destabilize   Speak
v. upset the stability of; cause unrest in
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dire   Speak
a. extremely serious or urgent
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disruptive   Speak
a. causing or tending to cause disorder or trouble
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draconian   Speak
a. excessively harsh and severe
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en route   Speak
ad. during the course of a journey; on the way
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enmity   Speak
n. state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone
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flout   Speak
v. openly disregard a rule, law or convention
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galvanize   Speak
v. shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action
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grim   Speak
a. causing feelings of sadness or worry, gloomy or depressing
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grueling   Speak
a. extremely tiring and demanding
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hindsight   Speak
n. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed
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impeachment   Speak
n. charging with a crime or misdemeanor
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leniency   Speak
n. fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected
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lock down   Speak
v. confine of prisoners to their cells, typically after an escape or to regain control during a riot
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longstanding   Speak
a. having existed or continued for a long time
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makeshift   Speak
a, serving as a temporary substitute; sufficient for the time being
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media outlet   Speak
n. a newspaper, television company or other mass media which publishes news stories
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meticulous   Speak
a. showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise
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netizen   Speak
n. a user of the Internet, especially a habitual or avid one
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none other than   Speak
n. one is surprised or impressed by the person or thing one is about to mention
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parlor   Speak
n. a sitting room in a private house
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phony   Speak
n. a fraudulent person or thing
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prequel   Speak
n. a story or movie containing events that precede those of an existing work
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prompt   Speak
v. give or show without delay
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prosthetic   Speak
a. denoting an artificial body part, such as a limb, a heart, or a breast implant
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purport   Speak
v. appear or claim to be or do something, profess
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push back   Speak
v. delay something; postpone; oppose or resist a plan
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quarantine   Speak
v. impose isolation on
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remorseful   Speak
a. annoyed, regretful, vexed
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repatriate   Speak
v. send someone back to their own country
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respiratory   Speak
a. relating to breathing
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secession   Speak
n. action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body
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sedition   Speak
n. conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch
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short-change   Speak
v. give less than the correct amount of change to
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spearhead   Speak
v. lead an attack or movement
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spin-off   Speak
n. a byproduct or incidental result of a larger project
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stewardship   Speak
n. the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property
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stroll   Speak
n. walk in a leisurely way
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subversion   Speak
n. undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution
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surreptitious   Speak
a. kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of
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whistle-blower   Speak
n. one who reveals something covert or who informs against another
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wind up   Speak
v. conclude or finish something
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SAT Vocabulary 2018-2019
aromatic  Speak
having a pleasant and distinctive smell

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ascetic  Speak
pertaining to practice of rigorous self-discipline
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blaze  Speak
burn fiercely or brightly

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blizzard  Speak
a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility

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bode  Speak
indicate by signs
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bombast  Speak
high-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people

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breeze-block  Speak
a large, grey brick made from ashes and cement

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butt  Speak
hit with the head or horns
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buzz  Speak
be very excited and happy
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chaos  Speak
complete disorder and confusion

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conspire  Speak
make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act
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cordite  Speak
a smokeless explosive, used in ammunition

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crew cut  Speak
a very short haircut for men and boys
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crookedness  Speak
tortuousness, contortion, tortuosity,

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crouch  Speak
adopting a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down

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crowdfund  Speak
fund a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people

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custody  Speak
protective care or guardianship of someone or something

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denounce  Speak
publicly declare to be wrong or evil
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deprive  Speak
take away possessions from someone
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dilettante  Speak
a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real knowledge
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drain  Speak
deprive of strength or vitality

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earthy  Speak
rough, coarse, or plain in taste

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egocentric  Speak
thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings of others; self-centered
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ensemble  Speak
a complete costume of harmonizing, complementary clothing and accessories
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erudite  Speak
having or showing great knowledge or learning

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excursion  Speak
movement of something along a path or through an angle
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foible  Speak
a minor weakness in someone's character
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frenzy  Speak
a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior
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gloom  Speak
a state of partial or total darkness
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gnaw  Speak
bite at or nibble something persistently

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grudge  Speak
a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment
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guillotine  Speak
a machine with a heavy blade sliding vertically in grooves, used for beheading people

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hack  Speak
gain illegal access to computer or network
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hairdo  Speak
style of a person's hair
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handed-down  Speak
passed on to a later generation or age
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harsh  Speak
unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
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hookup  Speak
meeting with someone, or to begin a relationship
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howitzer  Speak
a short gun for firing shells at low velocities

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hype  Speak
promote or publicize a product or idea intensively

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hypocrite  Speak
a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
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inordinate  Speak
unusually or disproportionately large; excessive

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jacuzzi  Speak
a large bath with a system of underwater jets of water to massage the body

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jingle  Speak
make or cause to make a light metallic ringing sound
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lineage  Speak
lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree

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ludicrous  Speak
so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous

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mettle  Speak
person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation

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moron  Speak
a stupid person
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motivate  Speak
cause someone to behave in a particular way

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oafish  Speak
stupid, uncultured, or clumsy

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par  Speak
face value of a stock or other security, as distinct from its market value
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platitude  Speak
a remark or statement, especially with moral content, that is too often to be interesting

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playoff  Speak
additional game or period of play that decides the outcome

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pretrial  Speak
a proceeding held by a judge, arbitrator, etc., before a trial

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prospective  Speak
possible, expected or expecting to be something particular in the future
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pulverize  Speak
press or crush something until it becomes powder or a soft mass

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purport  Speak
appear or claim to be or do something
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quarters  Speak
housing or accommodation, esp as provided for military personnel and their families

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ram  Speak
roughly force something into place
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sardonic  Speak
disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
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scruffy  Speak
shabby and untidy or dirty

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scuffle  Speak
a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters

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segregation  Speak
action or state of setting someone or something apart from others
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shackle  Speak
something that confines the legs or arms
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siege  Speak
a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies

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slur  Speak
allegation about someone to insult others or damage their reputation
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socialite  Speak
a person who is well known in fashionable society and is fond of social activities
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sorority  Speak
a society for female students in a university or college, typically for social purposes
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stand a chance  Speak
have a prospect of success or survival

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steamy  Speak
sexually exciting or including a lot of sexual activity
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stellar  Speak
composed of stars; outstanding, marked by eminence and distinction
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street-boy  Speak
mischievous boy, naughty boy

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temper  Speak
person state of mind being angry or calm

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tirade  Speak
a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation
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to no avail  Speak
without success
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tome  Speak
a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one

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trio  Speak
a group or set of three
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tuber  Speak
thickened underground part of a stem or rhizome

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tuck  Speak
push, fold, or turn so as to hide them or hold them in place
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up-and-coming  Speak
making good progress and likely to become successful
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vibrate  Speak
echo, resonate; continue to be heard

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vilification  Speak
abusively disparaging speech or writing

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wary  Speak
feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems

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weapon-wielding  Speak
holding weapon in hands and ready to use it

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woo  Speak
seek someone's favor
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